Bangers and Mash with Guinness Onion Gravy

Bangers and Mash with Guinness Onion Gravy

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Every so often I would make bangers and mash for dinner.  I usually use Bratwurst sausages.  But in the month of March, my market always carries Irish bangers.  In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I’d make it as Irish as possible.  Starting with the Irish bangers and then the Guinness beer.  You have Bangers and Mash with Guinness Onion Gravy! I served my bangers with green onions and buttermilk mashed potatoes but feel free to use your favorite mashed potato recipe.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Bangers and Mash with Guinness Onion Gravy

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  • 1 pound of Irish banger sausages (bratwurst would be a good substitute)
  • 1/4 cup of Guinness beer
  • olive oil for cooking


  • 3 starchy potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 4 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup of buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons of milk (1/8 cup)
  • salt and pepper to season


  • 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of Guinness beer
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can of beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon of Worstershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup of water

Bangers and Mash with Guinness Onion Gravy


Place sausages in a large skillet over medium heat.  Pour 1/4 cup of beer into the skillet along with a drizzle of olive oil.  Cover, leaving the lid slightly ajar.  Cook until beer evaporates.  Slowly cook each side of the sausages until brown and crisp and the center is no longer pink.

To make the mash, place potatoes in medium sauce pan and cover with water, enough to cover the potatoes.  Cook over medium high to high heat.  When the water comes to a boil, season with salt.  Let it cook until potatoes are fork tender, about 25-30 minutes.  Meanwhile, cook scallions over medium heat with a little bit of olive oil until very slightly brown, about 3-4 minutes.  Drain potatoes and add butter, buttermilk, milk, cooked scallions, salt and pepper.  Mash until desired consistency.  Check for seasoning.

For the gravy, melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add onion and cook until soften.  Pour beer, scrape the bottom of the pan and let it reduce, about 1 minute.  Then add beef broth and Worstershire sauce.  Mix cornstarch and water together and pour into the skillet.  Cook over medium high heat until reduced to desired thickness.

Serve mash on a plate then place bangers on the mash and pour the gravy on top.  Optional: garnish with chopped fresh Italian parsley.

Bangers and Mash with Guinness Onion Gravy


64 thoughts on “Bangers and Mash with Guinness Onion Gravy

  1. – Everyone’s posting St. Patrick’s Day themed dishes except me! And I grew up in N. Ireland. To be honest I didn’t even know when it is.
    – Perfect comfort food. Although I’ve never tried mash with buttermilk. Nice.

  2. I didn’t really notice a huge difference with using buttermilk, but my tastebuds are pretty unsophisticated. Anne still wonders why I love those Dorito tacos from Taco Bell. 🙂 But the scallions were definitely a great addition to the potatoes. It gave it a nice pop of flavor.

  3. Awesome…. I just saw this made on TV and it intrigued me. And, to be honest, your recipe looks way more delicious than theirs!! Can’t wait to try it!!

  4. I wish I had a plate of this right now! I was going to tell you how good the sausages look, then about how intrigued I was about buttermilk in the potatoes, then mention how good the Guinness gravy sounded. Then I realized I am just in love with the whole thing and had too many comments to list 😉

  5. This could be a 5 star meal on any day. Its the kind of comfort food where you can only find it at home. They serve this at restaurants but they are never gonna taste the same. And the Guinness beer gravy is fantastic. I will need to try this recipe!

  6. What’s not to love about this one? Sausages, mashed potatoes, and gravy made with beer. If there’s a way you can sneak some bacon into the recipe, you’d have all of the major food groups covered. 🙂

  7. Sorry Anne but i dont know this dish and i have a question:
    Is better to serve it with Cold bier or some lovely red wine(chianti pinot cabernet)????:)

  8. We watched the BBC series All Creatures Great and Small based on James Herriot’s books. They often mention “bangers and mash” and I never knew what it was! Thanks for posting!

  9. Wish I’d seen this yesterday! No worries, I still have a can of Guinness left in my fridge and I am definitely making your yummy dish this week! Thanks for visiting!

  10. I’ve never had bangers before. Guiness onion gravy sounds very delicious over the mashed potatoes. Perfect meal for St. Patrick’s Day.

  11. An oldie but goodie! Really simple and easy recipe for home, I’d love whipping this up any time just to enjoy as a meal 😉

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